Éditoriaux Défense Sécurité Terrorisme Zones de conflits Logistique Livres de référence Liens
Terre Air Mer Gendarmerie Renseignement Infoguerre Cyber Recherche

Alain Richard: Keep All that WEU Stands for

Alain Richard: Keep All that WEU Stands for

Paris -- March 16, 1999 (WEU) -- Alain Richard, the French Minister for Defence, called on Tuesday for everything WEU had achieved to be preserved as the debate on the future of European defence intensifies.

Addressing the Standing Committee of the Assembly of WEU, Mr Richard said that "as far as WEU is concerned, stepping up the debate on European defence must not give the impression that the Organisation exists today only to disappear tomorrow". Pointing out that "European security owes a great deal to NATO", the French Minister added "the future holds a more important role for the European Union which, when the time is ripe, will have to integrate WEU's capabilities and functions".

"Defence Europe has to be able to stand on its own two feet, that is to say, make progress within the Atlantic Alliance and also become autonomous. The second requirement can only promote, not contradict, the first. That is what Saint Malo is all about", he stated in a reference to the Franco-British declaration issued last autumn, calling for the European Union to have a "capacity for autonomous action, backed up by credible military forces".

"WEU can claim to have made a number of achievements. It is up to us to use them intelligently in the service of a project which goes further than WEU" said the Minister. "As regards how the Organisation as it stands today will contribute to the CFSP (Common Foreign and Security Policy) and make its political-military capabilities available to the European Union, the consultation process is just at the start and all the countries concerned still have to state where they stand in order to make sure that the discussions on this matter are prepared thoroughly". During the debate, Mr. Richard expressed the hope that there would be an "in-depth analysis" of this subject this year and in 2000 so as to arrive at "a time-frame and plan of work" that would make it possible "gradually to create the means for a credible European defence".

Committee proposed that it "develop a medium-term programme for gradually bringing about the integration of all the areas covered by WEU's remit into the intergovernmental framework of the European Union". According to Mr de Puig "the European Council could take a decision of principle to that effect at the Cologne Summit, provided consensus among Europeans is strong enough for them to forge resolutely ahead towards European defence".

The Committee suggests three main stages for the possible integration of WEU in the European Union: in the short term, firm up the Saint-Malo agreements, consolidate the Amsterdam Treaty and open a process of institutional adjustment. In the medium term, strengthen cooperation within the framework of a process of integrating WEU in the European Union, which would move forward in step with EU enlargement. In the long term, achieve a common defence and implement a European defence capability in close coordination with NATO.


Derniers articles

Verdun 2016 : La légende de la « tranchée des baïonnettes »
Eyes in the Dark: Navy Dive Helmet Display Emerges as Game-Changer
OIR Official: Captured Info Describes ISIL Operations in Manbij
Cyber, Space, Middle East Join Nuclear Triad Topics at Deterrence Meeting
Carter Opens Second DoD Innovation Hub in Boston
Triomphe de St-Cyr : le Vietnam sur les rangs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Conducts First OIR Missions from Arabian Gulf
L’amiral Prazuck prend la manœuvre de la Marine
Airmen Practice Rescuing Downed Pilots in Pacific Thunder 16-2
On ne lutte pas contre les moustiques avec une Kalachnikov...
Enemy Mine: Underwater Drones Hunt Buried Targets, Save Lives
Daesh Publications Are Translated Into Eleven Languages
Opération Chammal : 10 000 heures de vol en opération pour les Mirage 2000 basés en Jordanie
Le Drian : Daech : une réponse à plusieurs niveaux
Carter: Defense Ministers Agree on Next Steps in Counter-ISIL Fight
Carter Convenes Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting at Andrews
Carter Welcomes France’s Increased Counter-ISIL Support
100-Plus Aircraft Fly in for Exercise Red Flag 16-3
Growlers Soar With B-1s Around Ellsworth AFB
A-10s Deploy to Slovakia for Cross-Border Training
We Don’t Fight Against Mosquitoes With a Kalashnikov
Bug-Hunting Computers to Compete in DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge
Chiefs of US and Chinese Navies Agree on Need for Cooperation
DoD Cyber Strategy Defines How Officials Discern Cyber Incidents from Armed Attacks
Vice Adm. Tighe Takes Charge of Information Warfare, Naval Intelligence
Truman Strike Group Completes Eight-Month Deployment
KC-46 Completes Milestone by Refueling Fighter Jet, Cargo Plane
Air Dominance and the Critical Role of Fifth Generation Fighters
Une nation est une âme
The Challenges of Ungoverned Spaces
Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq
Obama: U.S. Commitment to European Security is Unwavering in Pivotal Time for NATO
International Court to Decide Sovereignty Issue in South China Sea
La SPA 75 est centenaire !
U.S. to Deploy THAAD Missile Battery to South Korea
Maintien en condition des matériels : reprendre l’initiative
La veste « léopard », premier uniforme militaire de camouflage
Océan Indien 2016 : Opérations & Coopération
Truman Transits Strait of Gibraltar
Navy Unveils National Museum of the American Sailor
New Navy, Old Tar
Marcel Dassault parrain de la nouvelle promotion d’officiers de l’École de l’Air
RIMPAC 2016 : Ravitaillement à la mer pour le Prairial avant l’arrivée à Hawaii
Bataille de la Somme, l’oubliée
U.S., Iceland Sign Security Cooperation Agreement
Cléopatra : la frégate Jean Bart entre dans l’histoire du BPC Gamal Abdel Nasser
Surveiller l’espace maritime français aussi par satellite
America's Navy-Marine Corps Team Fuse for RIMPAC 2016
Stratégie France : Plaidoyer pour une véritable coopération franco-allemande
La lumière du Droit rayonne au bout du chemin

Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).